LeBron pays tribute to J. Cole on his birthday

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J. Cole is one of the most popular hip hop recording artists and record producers of today's NBA players.

Jermaine Lamarr Cole, who gained initial recognition as a rapper in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, "The Come Up," turned 33 years old Sunday.

The occasion was noted by none other than Cleveland Cavaliers great LeBronJames.

Cole's knowledge and perspective on the league and its history is part of the reason his popularity is so high among the players of today. For example: